Average Number of Fake News Stories Shared on Facebook, by Age Group
Source: Guess, Andrew, Jonathan Nagler, Joshua Tucker. Less Than You Think: Prevalence and Predictions of Fake News Dissemination on Facebook (New York: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2019)
Reference year: 2019
Geographical area: United States
Method: Survey (N=5000)
Link to original document: advances.sciencemag.org
The chart shows that Americans over 65 were more likely to share fake news to their Facebook friends, regardless of their education, ideology, and partisanship. The oldest age group was likely to share nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains on Facebook as those in the youngest age group, or about 2.3 times as many as those in the next-oldest age group. The data regarding the age group 18-29 and 30-44 are not displayed in the source, therefore the value of data in this chart are approximate, determined with pixel count.